Your Ultimate Guide
Planning a party can be just as much fun as
attending one. Find fast, foolproof, and
surprising ideas for hosting at home.
Party Ideas, Décor, and More
5 Hollywood–Inspired Party Themes
Whether you're hosting an Oscar bash or simply looking for a unique party theme, these fun and festive ideas are perfect for celebrating just about anything, anytime.
Fresh Ways to Dress Up a Table
Sixteen ideas that add unexpected fun and color.
4 Decorative Napkin Folding Ideas
You don't have to be an origami master to make a linen napkin feel extra special.
Easy Apps and Recipe Ideas
6 Make-Ahead Appetizers
Easy finger foods to keep your guests satisfied—not to mention occupied—before the main event.
10 Best Store-Bought Party Appetizers
Are your guests feeling peckish? Silence the squawking with these store-bought snacks—Real Simple’s favorites from more than 150 sampled.
Favorite Appetizer Recipes
Tried-and-true party recipes.
Signature Drinks and Party Punches
10 Tasty Holiday Cocktails
Playing bartender has never been easier. You can whip up a batch of these spirited drinks in two shakes.
Best Punch Recipes
Hosting a big party? These cheerful drink recipes all serve 10 or more—no bartender required.
9 Hot Drinks for Winter
Cozy up with these delicious cold-weather beverages.
How To: Make a Martini
The martini is perhaps the classic cocktail―and making one is probably simpler than you think. Just follow the quick steps in this video.
How To: Fan-Fold a Cloth Napkin
Give even the easiest dinner party a touch of elegance with beautifully folded napkins. Find the simple steps―and a video to guide you.
How To: Make a Cosmopolitan
Every good hostess should master one great cocktail recipe, and tasty cosmopolitans are always impressive crowd-pleasers. Follow the quick technique shown in this video and your guests will be raising a glass to you in no time.
In our house, the cocktail is king. Like many, we started stocking our bar when the cocktail revolution hit a decade ago. Couple that with watching Don Draper and Peggy Olsen imbibe on Mad Men for... more